Yogi Adityanath is an Indian priest and Hindu nationalist politician who is the current Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, in office since 26 March 2017. He has an image as a Hindutva firebrand. He was appointed as the Chief Minister on 26 March 2017 after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the 2017 State Assembly elections, in which he was a prominent campaigner. He has been the Member of Parliament from the Gorakhpur constituency, Uttar Pradesh for five consecutive terms since 1998.
Real Name : Ajay Singh Bisht, Mahanth Yogi Adityanath
Profession: Indian Politician, Religious Missionary
Political Party: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Date of Birth: 5 June 1972
Age (as in 2017): 45 Years
Birth Place: Panchur, Distt. Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India
Zodiac sign: Gemini
Hometown: Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
School: A primary school in Pauri, Uttarakhand
College: Garhwal University, Srinagar, Uttarakhand
Educational Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics (B.Sc.)
Father- Anand Singh Bisht (Forest Ranger)
Mother- Savitri Devi (Homemaker)
Brother- Mahendra Singh Bisht (Indian Army), 2 more (Both work in a college)
Sister- Shashi (Elder), 2 more
Hobbies: Swimming, playing badminton, feeding animals
• Yogi Adityanath was appointed Avaidyanath’s successor as the Mahant of Gorakhnath Math in 1994. Four years later, he was elected to the Lower House of the Indian Parliament (the Lok Sabha).
After his first electoral win, Adityanath started his own militant youth wing Hindu Yuva Vahini, which has been known for violent activities in the eastern Uttar Pradesh.
• Adityanath was the youngest member of the 12th Lok Sabha at 26. He has been elected to the Parliament from Gorakhpur for five consecutive terms (in 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 elections).
• From 1998 to 1999 he worked in departments like Committee on Food, Civil Supplies, Public Distribution and its Sub-Committee-B on Department of Sugar and Edible Oils; Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs.
• From 1999 to 2000, he was re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (2nd term), where he worked in Committee on Food, Civil Supplies and Public Distribution; Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs.
• In 2004, he was re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (3rd term), where he worked in Committee on Government Assurances; Member, Committee on External Affairs; Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs.
• In 2009, he was re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (4th term), where he worked in Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture.
• In 2014, he was re-elected to the 16th Lok Sabha (5th term) from Gorakhpur constituency.
• He was appointed Chief Minister of the state on 19 March 2017 after the BJP won the assembly elections.
Physical Stats & More
Height : 5’ 4”
Weight: 72 kg
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital Status: Unmarried (Celibate)
Net Worth (approx.) 70 Lakh (INR)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Yogi Adityanath
- Yogi left his house at the age of 21 and was actively associated with the Ram Temple movement in the 90s.
- He met, Mahant Avaidyanath, of Goraknath Temple in Rishikesh, later became his disciple and settled in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, in 1994, 22-year-old. He then changed his name from Ajay to Yogi Adityanath.
- Yogi’s political journey began in 1996 when he was named in-charge of managing the election campaign for Mahant Avaidyanath.
- He was elected as the Member of the 12th Lok Sabha in 1998 from Gorakhpur constituency.
- In 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, Yogi won the elections by a margin of 1, 42,309 votes.
- Adityanath Yogi is quite a popular politician of his constituency.
- Yogi’s predecessor and spiritual leader, Mahant Avaidyanath, was the President of Hindu Maha Sabha. Both of them kept Hindutva agenda at the forefront of their election campaign. His mission in life is to convert other religious groups back to Hinduism. He is the successor to former Hindu Mahasabha president Mahant Avaidyanath at the Gorakhpur temple.
- Yogi is the founder of the Hindu Yuva Vahini. It is a social, cultural and nationalist group of young people and is very popular amongst Hindus of Eastern Uttar Pradesh.
- In March 2010, Adityanath was one of several BJP MPs who did not adhere to the party whip on the Women’s reservation bill.
- Over the years, he has emerged as the firebrand Hindutva face of BJP with his provocative speeches.
- Despite his prominence in the party, he has never been on good terms with the BJP. He has had a strained relation with the party for more than a decade. In 2007 UP Elections, BJP and Yogi were at conflict.
- Yogi is an animal lover.
Updated on: 23 May 2017